Alaska - Yukon
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Rotary Serving Humanity

Dec. 2016
Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

Happy Holidays &  New Year!

                                       District Governor's Message

Dear Rotary Friends and Family,

This is the season of sharing and giving.  Dave and I both hope you have had an enjoyable holiday so far with your family, friends, and community.  I personally hope this year that you have had the opportunity to share with someone new the wonderful fellowship and sense of giving that Rotary offers our communities all over Alaska and the Yukon.  

Think about it.  

The Rotary Foundation has just been named the Number One Foundation in the United States, and we are also generously endorsed by the Canadian government.  Furthermore, you can see Rotarians all over our District ringing bells for great causes this holiday season, delivering much needed food to needy families, and giving gifts to those that need holiday cheer.  It's people like you that are changing lives, from the $20,000 check to the My House organization in Palmer that helps homeless young adults to the Anchorage Food Bank that benefits from our volunteers. 

Perhaps the best gift you can give this holiday season is the life-changing experience of inviting someone you know to a  Rotary event.  I assure you, there are tons of inspiring events happening around our District at any given moment. When you invite someone to change your community, you invite them to change their life.  This is the exact reason why Rotary District 5010 has led the way in membership growth all across Zones 24 & 32 since July.  Your passion for giving is resonating with potential Rotarians and your gift of friendship will change their lives.  It sure did mine over 18 years ago!

So, as you wrap your gifts, decorate your trees, light your menorah, and sign your holiday cards, however you celebrate...don't forget that all important invitation to  someone in your life who might just benefit from your gift of our Rotary fellowship.  Additionally, think about donating at least $26.50 to the Rotary Foundation.  This is our Santa's sleigh...the proverbial reindeer who delivers the gifts.  Without your support, we cannot continue to do good things in our communities.

Dave and I wish you and yours the best this holiday season.  We continue to be thrilled with the wonderful hospitality that makes Rotary welcoming.  Recently, from the Valley, to Barrow, Fairbanks, and Anchorage....these wonderful visits with all of you have continued to compound the notion that Rotary is truly a home for us wherever we are.  

As always, please let us know what we can do to better serve you, your club, and your community.  We are, after all, a Rotary family.

Happy Holidays,

District Governor Michelle O'Brien
First Dude David Dixon
Drumroll!!!!! Andre Layral Named 
District 5010 governor for the term 2019-20.
On behalf of District Governor Michelle O'Brien, I am pleased to announce the selection of Andre' Layral to serve as District 5010 governor for the term 2019-20.
A Rotarian since 1992, Andre' is a member and past president of Fairbanks Sunrisers Rotary Club, and currently serves as the District Membership Committee Chair.  He has also served as District Trainer, RYLA Chair, and Visioning facilitator.  He is a former middle school principal and has been active with various education associations.  Married to Sheri, Andre' enjoys bowling and his role as Barbecue Pit Master. 
Andre says, " I look forward to working with district leaders and Rotary clubs in D5010 to grow membership, support strong and effective clubs, and to help our members and others know more about Rotary and the great work of clubs and the Rotary Foundation throughout the world."
Alana Bergh
Alana Bergh, PDG
Chair 2019-20 Governor Selection Committee

How to Create a "My Rotary" account!
About half of the Rotarians in our district do not have a "My Rotary" account.  Thus they are not able to access their individual "Donor History" for The Rotary Foundation or any other data relative to RI, TRF, and D5010.

Here is how you do this:

Andre Layal - Membership Chair

D5010 Membership Chair
cell 907-460-7786

Welcome to the following new Rotary Members in District 5010
Karen Carey - Juneau Gastineau Rotary
Zachary Hubbell - Juneau 58 Innovators Rotary
Carla Huggins - Fairbanks Golden Heart Rotary
Jeff Lincoln - Anchorage Rotary
Kristin Machacek - Fairbanks Golden Heart Rotary
Rex Malcolm - Wasilla  Noon Rotary
Fritz Moser - Juneau 58 Innovators Rotary
Kimberly Prayner - Wasilla Sunrise Rotary
Carla Tureski - Whitehorse Rotary
Randall Whistler - Ketchikan 2000 Rotary

The district now has 1776 Active Rotary members and 113 Honorary members

Thanks you,

DG O'Brien Visiting clubs - More club visit in January edition
Wasilla Sunrise Club with visiting DG Michelle O'Brien

Greg Brooker, extraordinary pirate
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club

Juneau Clubs

DG O'Brien and AG Roppel attend Juneau social!

Charter members of NEW Club in Juneau!  58 Innovators.

Juneau presidents present DG O'Brien with a Paul Harris.  Left to right president Bill Peters, DG O'Brien, President Pam Varni, President Armando Guzman, President Karen Tarver.

Juneau Glacier Valley photo!  President Karen Tarver

Juneau Gastineau photo with president Pam Varni, DG O'Brien, AG Roppel

Youth Exchange families for one year!

Great Board meeting for Juneau Downtown club!
DG O'Brien signing 58 Innovators Charter with president Bill Peters.
58 Innovators officers.
Juneau Gastineau club photo
Paul Harris Awards at Glacier Valley.

Awards at Glacier Valley.
Palmer Youth Exchange.

Want Ad: 
Harry Kieling, District Governor 2017-2018.

"Championship Team Announced

I want to take this opportunity to announce the Championship Team of Assistant Governors who will be helping you the PE's, your clubs and I in the upcoming Rotary Year 2017-2018. The Assistant Governors are responsible for six different areas within the District. They fulfill the very important liaison function between you the clubs and the District Governor and his/her staff. We are truly fortunate to have a team of super stars who have offered to serve in this capacity.

The Team is as follows: continuing on from last year, we have Mike Pollen, extraordinary leader and past President of the Fairbanks Club; Rosie Roppel, delightful professional with a heart of gold from Ketchikan covering the Southeast; Francine Thivierge, working with our friends and fellow Rotarians from the Yukon; and Matt Pyhala, young energetic go getter representing the Kenai clubs.
And new this year are Roxie Mayberry, firecracker and innovator covering the MatSu; and Mike Bridges, Retired Army General and driving force for the Anchorage clubs. Also I have asked LaMarr Anderson to serve as my Lieutenant Governor. The title is new but the position is not. It has been called Executive Assistant, Deputy Governor and other titles. But I chose Lieutenant Governor because he will serve as both my right hand person and coordinator for the Assistant Governors.

There will be other appointments to District positions in the next couple of months. I am excited about the level and dedication of the upcoming PE's and club officers and the District staff. I see a continuation of the great things all of you are doing.

If you have a passion to help at the District 5010 level, please email me.

Thank you all for your service to Rotary." 
DGE - Harry Kieling

District 5010 is proud to host the 23rd Annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks Alaska March 23-26, 2017

ShelterBox Featured in Rotarian Magazine

"That's the kind of thing you lie awake at night thinking about," says Bruce Heller, a veteran of seven ShelterBox deployments, a Rotarian, and a ShelterBox USA Ambassador. "You're handing out that last box and you see that mom and her small baby waiting and you don't have any more to give. There's never enough aid."
Read complete article in December issue of Rotarian magazine page 53.
Do you still need a speaker for January? Have you set up your summer schedule? Remember ShelterBoxUSA and contact:

Nancy Dodge 
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
ShelterBox Ambassador
ShelterBox USA | Pacific Northwest | e-Club Rotary District 5010
e: ShelterBox: nhdodge@comcast.net | w: shelterboxusa.org Cell: 941 993-4335
Providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors worldwide.
Rotary's Peace Fellowship program
While the world hopes for peace, Rotary International - a humanitarian service organization dedicated to world peace and understanding - works to make it a reality by training the next generation of peace leaders. The District is now recruiting for the Rotary Peace Fellowship, a program that gives up to 100 fellows the opportunity to obtain professional development certificates or master's degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
"Today, there are still far too few mediators who are experienced practitioners in conflict resolution. There is an urgent need to produce another generation of people who can play a mediating role in the future," said Professor Paul Rogers, University of Bradford. "This program is the most significant development in graduate work in conflict resolution in decades."

Launched in 2002, Rotary's Peace Fellowship program provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows embark on one to two years of study to earn a master's level degree or a 3-month professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, the United States, and Thailand. 

Ketchikan Interact Clubs Doing "Service"
Rotary 2000 Middle School Interact Food Pantry
Hello fellow Rotarians.
Here is an email from JoNell, student counselor at Schoenbar.  Huge kudos to her for putting this project together and knocking it out of the park.  Incredible results from the homerooms so a big thank you to the teachers as well.  We challenged the kids to bring cans from home and they really performed.  I plan to recognize the Interact group on Dec 2 at 11:00 and then have a pizza party on Dec 9 at 11:00 for the winning classes and Interact.  It would be very impactful to see a couple Rotarians at one of these events - that is my expectation.  Thank you.  President Steve Boehlert, Rotary 2000
EMAIL from Middle School:
We did it! The food drive is complete! The winning homeroom donated 159 food and hygiene items! This was the combined homeroom of Mrs. Cope-Powell and Ms. Sandefur (total 17 students). Mrs. Harford's class was a close second with 141 items.
Thank you for partnering with us and providing the incentive of a pizza party! I assume you and the Interact students would like to partake in the party? If so just let me know which Friday you'd like it to be scheduled, and I will let the homerooms know.
I'd also like to send a special thank you to the generosity of Rotary 2000. Due to their kindness we have been able to provide weekend meals for 7 students consistently over the last two months. I was also able to put together some really nice bags for the long holiday weekend for those students who are in need. I'm so grateful to play this role and it wouldn't be possible without the donations from Rotary 2000.
Thanks again for providing this opportunity,

Ketchikan First City Rotary Kayhi Rotary Interact Pie Auction
Raised over $3000 for Activities for Pioneers at the Pioneer Home reported by President Steve Rydeen 

Anchorage East Rotary
Recently Barbara Swenson ( Community Service Chair for Anchorage East Rotary ) hand-delivered a check for $1,000.00 from our Club to the Anchorage Community Land Trust team to complete funding for the Mountain View Farmers' Market's first season expenses.  ACLT's mission is to develop healthy and prosperous communities in Anchorage by acquiring, developing and planning for the land and projects necessary to bring about sustainable neighborhood revitalization and economic development.  In short, their goal is to partner with residents in meaningful ways to make Mountain View a "community of Choice - a place people choose to live, work and play."  Many of you may recall a fantastic presentation received by our club several months ago by the two ladies in the center of the photograph below.  (From left:  Kirk Rose, Executive Director; Emily Cohn, Communications & Development Manager;  Radhika Krishna, Community Development Manager; and AER Barb Swenson).

Many thanks to our Community Service Committee and Board of Directors for their review and approval of this important grant request, and to our entire club membership for your service above self to support important community programs like this that reinvest in our neighborhoods.
Paul McGuire
Chris Letterman -  Mark Your Calendars - District Leadership Meeting Plans

What happens 10 days before Valentine's Day?
Mark your calendars for the annual District Team Training event being held in person and online simultaneously thanks to SCIENCE...actually, its the technology of the District's GoToMeeting! More details will be shared as the date gets closer but here's the 411 you need now:

Who: ANY District 5010 Rotarian! Along with Assistant Governors, District Committee Chairs & Rotarians.
What: District Leadership Team Training
When: February 4th, 2017  9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: The Chariot Group, 3120 Denali Street #1, Anchorage AK 99503 (Physically) & D5010 GoToMeeting (Online - details forth coming via email as we get closer)
After Party: 6:00pm--? THE Abandoned Warehouse on Ship Creek with DJ Sparkles and the Glowworm Bunch.  (Just Kidding)

Helping Hand for Nepal is a Goodshop approved charity.
Helping Hand for Nepal is a Goodshop approved charity.  When you shop online, simply go to the Goodshop portal first, designating HHN as your charity of choice,  That's it!  When you finish shopping, a percent of your toal purchase price will be donated directly ot Helping Hand for Nepal (no additional cost to you).  
Helping Hand for Nepal is an all-volunteer nonprofit paying no salaries/overhead.  Since April 25, 2015, we have concentrated on earthquake relief and were one of the first responders to some remote areas.  Help us save lives by joining Team HHN and donating today.  Thank you!                         
501.c.3  #92-0175716
Sincerely, Linda "Jay" Jackson, Executive Director

What's Happening in Juneau?
Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club
October 22nd
The 2nd annual Juneau Rotary Radio Day and Polio Plus Fun Run were a great success.  The radio airwaves were taken over by Rotarians from all four of Juneau's rotary clubs from 6am to 6pm.  Callers could request songs, make donations and ask questions about Rotary and polio eradication. 
The fun run included a 1 mile walk/run, as well as a 5k run.  Participants were treated to a bit of sun and rain, as well as the chance to dye their pinkie finger purple as a reminder of the fight against polio.
October 26th
A joint fireside hosted by all four of Juneau's Rotary club's for the District Governor's visit to Juneau was held at the Red Dog Saloon on October 26th.  DG Michelle and ADG Rosie were kept busy visiting with each club and sightseeing in the Capital City for their two day visit.

Karen J. Tarver, President
The Wasilla and Palmer Rotary Clubs were proud to present their annual gala event, "Rotary Uncorked"

Posse L to R - Roger Winkle, Paul Beer, Daryl Lowe, John Lee Sheriff - Chas St. George.
Get Your Boots & Bling On!

The Wasilla and Palmer Rotary Clubs were proud to present their annual gala event, "Rotary Uncorked". This year's theme was titled 'Boots and Bling', and it featured a festive evening of both country and western fun and frivolity for the cowboy and cowgirl in each of us.

'Boots and Bling' was held at the City of Wasilla's Menard Sports Center and featured a menu of tapas pairings of exquisite western culinary cuisine paired with specialty wines and craft beer.  Along with Live and Silent Auctions, there were raffles for 100 bottles of wine and 100 bottles of beer. There were some very special additions to this year's event, including country and western band "Against the Grain", a posse of deputies lead by Sherrif Chas St. George and a special appearance from Judge Roy Bean (aka PDG Brad Gamble)!

Each year, Rotary Uncorked raises funds for Rotary Community Service projects, scholarships, and community non-profit organizations.  With over 300 in attendance, this year we raised over $59,000.00! Our major benefactor, MyHouse, which provides housing and workforce development solutions for homeless youth in the Mat-Su, will receive $20,000.00.  Funds will also go to  Wasilla Rotary Club's District Grant; partnering with Sertoma to purchase a mobile hearing unit to provide free hearing screenings throughout the Mat-Su Valley.  

Fun was had by all as we danced the night away and raised money for some great causes.  Gears are turning and the planning for next year has begun. You can bet it will be amazing!

The Alaska Chapter of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians

   Check out the IFFR Americas Newsletter 

  The Alaska Chapter of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians
(IFFR) is hosting a Fly-In for Rotarians and their families to share in the fun  and excitement of the 2017 Fur Rendezvous and Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  These
visitors who are aviation enthusiasts will be converging on Anchorage from
across the globe starting in late February for the start of Fur Rondy and will
be enjoying Alaskan hospitality at least through the Iditarod Restart in Willow
on  March 5th .  The preliminary details which we are providing to the potential
attendees for planning purposes are as follows:

     The current information on hotels from which the attendees can pick and
choose may be seen at at [
http://www.anchorage.net/places-to-stay/hotels-motels-and-inns/  ]
http://www.anchorage.net/places-to-stay/hotels-motels-and-inns/   Most IFFR
members who bring their own aircraft will want to fly in and out of Merrill
Field.  As you can see in the following link: [
] http://www.muni.org/Departments/merrill_field/Pages/GeneralInformation.aspx
there are 51 transient parking spaces available at five dollars per aircraft
per day, and there is specific tiedown information available at [
] http://www.muni.org/Departments/merrill_field/Pages/Rates.aspx    The best
alternative choice is Birchwood Airport in Chugiak (link: [
http://www.airnav.com/airport/PABV  ] http://www.airnav.com/airport/PABV
Visitors who fly in may wish to rent a car, but that won't be necessary as we
will provide ground transportation via two 4WD vans as needed to all scheduled
events (see attached photo.)  This period is one of the the most significant
Alaskan tourist draws for the entire year, so hotel and airfield accommodations
need to be locked in as soon as possible.

Diane Fejes DGN for 2018-19
Future District 5010 Governor  Diane Fejes (Also the Leadership Academy Dean)  

Diane is also working hard preparing for her year as District Governor!

Leadership Academy is in progress!!
Thank you too, to all the faculty - Harriett Schloer, Dan Kennedy and Ariel Talen-Keller, Rosie Roppel, Susan Bethel, Jodi Stuart, and Sondra Kaplan and Will Files. 

Diane Fejes, Academy Dean

2015-16 District 5010 Leadership Academy Graduates, faculty, Dean, and RI Representative Laura Steelquist

Anchorage International Rotary assists Downtown Soup Kitchen
The Downtown Soup Kitchen in Anchorage began the Hope Bakery in the Spring of 2016.  The idea is to give the homeless women at the shelter a chance to learn an employable skill.  The Bakery was born and Anchorage Intl Rotary was able to assist with a major piece of equipment to help get this Bakery up and going.  Along with a District Grant AIR was able to provide a $6,000 Dough Sheeter for the Bakery.  Here is an article from the Soup Kitchen describing the improvement.

Feed Me Hope Bakery
The Feed Me Hope Bakery recently received a Thunderbird Dough Sheeter from the Anchorage International Rotary.  A dough sheeter is a kitchen machine that rolls out pieces of dough to a desired thickness. The resulting sheets are smooth, uniform and completed in a few minutes, a much shorter turnaround than rolling by hand. Sheeters can press any kind of dough. Most commonly, they are used for pizza crusts, flatbreads, pie crusts, pastry dough and cake fondant. A big benefit for using sheeting technology is the large dough capacity that can be handled. Another benefit is that sheeting makes it possible to handle a great variety of dough types which traditional dough production systems can't handle.  For example, for the Salmon Derby, we made 500 salmon shaped short bread cookies and it took 1.5 weeks to roll out and cut.  With the Thunderbird sheet we can complete that order in 3 days.  The sheeter also provides knowledge to the bakery students who are seeking this skill for their further employment. Learning to use updated bakery equipment also allows for better chances in job placement.

EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year!!!)
The Rotary Foundation is KEY!!!   
One of the great ways we do good for the world!!!  
Become a Paul Harris Fellow and more!!!
This also is the 100th year of The Rotary Foundation.

Special gifts : to obtain instructions for Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Unitrusts email  plannedgiving@rotary.org or call +1-847-866-3100

Woody Angst
We Want YOU!
The 2017 Sitka District Conference Committee has openings for individuals who are talented in the following areas:
and more!

Leadership Opportunities for All District 5010 Rotarians

One of the great opportunities in Rotary that sometimes doesn't get much fanfare is leadership training and hands on leadership experience. It usually starts in the club and depending on the size of your club the opportunities might come very soon after joining.

In smaller clubs if you express your interest in being a club officer to your president, chances are you will soon find yourself doing a special project or filling a position on the Board of Directors. And it is just as likely you will soon find yourself on the Club President fast track.  Look at this as a great, almost priceless, opportunity. As the President Elect (PE), you will go to President Elect Training (NWPETS) in Seattle. While there you will have some first class training and the opportunity to become friends with your fellow PE's and the District Leadership.

The training will be a combination of classic leadership topics like goal setting, meeting management, and working with volunteers. It will also include motivational and informational topics that are Rotary unique like the Rotary Foundation, public image, and Rotary administration and organizational structure. Once you have completed PETS and participated in further District sponsored conference calls and training you will start your presidential year on July 1. What a fun and busy year you will have. This is true leadership. You are in charge. Your enthusiasm, drive, ability to work with people, and the leadership training you've received will be what will get you through your year and have fun doing it.

When it is over you will have a great sense of satisfaction BUT it isn't over yet. There are other leadership opportunities in Rotary that you might not be aware of. I should point out that only some of these other leadership opportunities require experience as a past president. Others may need special skills but most just require work and dedication.

So what we want to do is make you aware of what opportunities are out there. Describe the qualifications and desired experience to you most important what the job is and what you can expect as far as time and energy commitment. What we have created is a "Want Ad" program. We will start listing in the District newsletters positions which are opening up; what it will entail; and how you might apply for the position. We want to convince you that leadership is for all in District 5010. We'll tell you what is out there. You tell us you want to serve.
Rotary International Monthly themes and dates - 2016-17 calendar

Visit this calendar throughout the year to find award deadlines and convention and event information. Develop meeting agendas, projects, or public image campaigns based on these special occasions. All dates are subject to change.


The Rotary Months designations changed, effective 1 July 2015. You'll find the new ones below, in the 2015-16 calendar. Use them at your regular meetings to promote Rotary's involvement in these activities.



1 July - Start of new Rotary officers' year of service

Membership and New Club Development Month

Basic Education and Literacy Month

1 September - Deadline to submit nominations for the Rotary Service Above Self Award

Economic and Community Development Month

Rotary Foundation Month

1 November - Deadline to submit nominations for The Rotary Foundation Service Award for a Polio-Free World

1 November - Deadline to submit nominations for the Rotary Vocational Service Leadership Award

2-8 November - World Interact Week

Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

15 December - Early registration discount ends for RI Convention

Vocational Service Month

17-23 January - International Assembly, San Diego, California, USA

Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

23 February - Rotary's anniversary

Water and Sanitation Month

1 March - Deadline for district governors to submit nominations for the Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award

7-13 March - World Rotaract Week

15 March - Deadline for district governors to submit nominations for the Significant Achievement Award (for clubs)

31 March - Preregistration discount ends for RI Convention

Maternal and Child Health Month

1 April - Deadline to report activities to earn a Presidential Citation for Rotary and Rotaract clubs

11-15 April - Council on Legislation

15 April - Deadline to report activities to earn a Presidential Citation for Interact clubs

30 April - Registration/ticket cancellation deadline for RI Convention

Youth Services Month

28 May-1 June - RI Convention, Seoul, Korea

Rotary Fellowships Month

30 June - Deadline to submit nominations for The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award

30 June - Deadline for zones to submit nominations for the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award

30 June - Deadline for zones to submit nominations for the Rotary Alumni Association of the Year


Thank you for your Service in Rotary to Serve Humanity.
DG Michelle O'Brien and First Dude Rotarian Dave Dixon, Retired USCG


In Rotary Spirit,

Rosie Roppel News Editor -  
Next deadline is Jan. 15, 2017 - Happy New Year Edition and more Governor Visits of the far north!
PLEASE SEND TO ME  COPY READY AND LARGER FORMAT PICTURES and I need names of folks in pictures.)
The Rotary Club of Ketchikan First City
(I want to thank all of your who have posted to Facebook, Clubrunner, and have sent in photos and information for the newsletter...Rotary Serving Humanity!!!)

Rotary District 5010


John Germ
Where has DG O'Brien been and where is she going?
DG went to Zone and visited Whitehorse.  This next week she is finishing up the awesome Juneau clubs!!!

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Rotary International Convention 2017



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